HEADLINE SPONSORS – The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) was established in 1784 to promote the trade, agriculture, poetry, language and music of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Today, it is principally known for its flagship event the Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s leading outdoor event showcasing farming, food and rural life, but its activities cover much more. In addition to recognising skills, achievement, innovation and excellence through a series of awards and grants, the Society has a strong educational role in promoting all aspects of rural life in Scotland including agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) fulfils this role through links with Scottish schools. RHET, core-funded by RHASS, is a key player in the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence. The Society also operates the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, Scotland’s largest indoor and outdoor event venue with over 200 events staged annually, attracting more than one million visitors. The Society is currently working on a master plan for the enhancement of the centre. Through these activities and more, the Society generates in excess of £250million per year for the Scottish economy.

APPROVED LOGOSChiene + Tait Chartered Accountants was established over 125 years ago in Edinburgh. The firm is proud of its Scottish heritage and has grown over the last decade to become one of the leading UK independent providers of business and accounting advice. The specialist team supports rural businesses and estates to develop opportunities for growth and, when the time comes, successfully hands over to the next generation. Chiene + Tait is pleased to support the Scottish Rural Awards, which celebrate the industry, innovation, dedication and aspirations of those who live and work in rural areas.  Rory Kennedy, Chiene + Tait Partner, comments, ‘The Scottish Rural Awards are a benchmark of excellence. We are delighted to sponsor the Rural Hero Award and look forward to working together with Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance to promote the work of innovative rural businesses.’


HW Energy is at the forefront of commercial biomass heating. Established in 2003, they were the first company in Scotland to specialise solely in renewable wood fuel heating for business and since that time they have built a prestigious portfolio of clients in Scotland as well as south of the border. These include Strathallan School, North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Water, BSkyB, Hanover Housing Association, Mount Stuart Trust and many more. Working with their clients on a long-term partnership basis, HW Energy not only design and install biomass heating systems, they are unusual in providing a nationwide maintenance service for most types of biomass boilers backed up by advance remote monitoring. They also supply wood chip and wood pellet across the country and provide RHI consultancy. Their projects spread from London to the Shetland Isles across all types of industry but rural tourism has always been a core part of their work. Today they provide biomass heat support to Coul House Hotel, Duke of Gordon Hotel, Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Auchrannie Resort and many others, helping them improve their green credentials and make cost savings at the same time. For this reason they are delighted to be supporting the Rural Tourism and Hospitality Category at the Scottish Rural Awards 2016.


BOS LogoAt Bank of Scotland we view business success as a journey. We want to provide combined support that adds real value, and secures long-term growth. Scotland is home to a vibrant business landscape, where agriculture meets the entrepreneurial spirit providing the finest food and drink to both domestic and international markets. We recognise the importance of working closely with our customers so we can fully understand their needs and actively look to meet their funding requirements, whether it be to support growth, improve efficiency and liquidity or even launch a new venture. Bank of Scotland’s agriculture relationship managers are trained through the Royal Agricultural University and are proud to work in the agriculture sector, and provide support to farming customers. bankofscotlandbusiness.co.uk/agriculture All lending is subject to status Bank of Scotland plc authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority under Registration Number 169628. We subscribe to The Lending Code; copies of the Code can be obtained from www.lendingstandardsboard.org.uk


Print Scotland’s Rural College: Excellence in Education, Research and Consulting. SRUC delivers world-class research, education and consultancy to lead innovation and sustainable development in the agriculture and rural sector. SRUC Research seeks to address major challenges posed by the growing human population, and increasing demand for food, in a world with potentially dramatically changing climate and with growing pressure on its natural resources. SAC Consulting provides a range of consultancy services to more than 12,000 customers in the UK and worldwide. Our 400 consultants, veterinarians, technicians and support staff provide leading edge, independent advice to rural businesses and associated industries. SRUC Education delivers high quality, relevant courses combined with excellence in teaching and student support. Our students have the opportunity to progress in their studies from access level through to PhD.

Clarendon Planning and Development

With offices in Edinburgh, Leeds and the Scottish Borders, Clarendon is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering a full range of planning and development expertise supplemented by hands-on project management. This approach can assist in transforming an early innovative idea into a project with certainty. Our clients include landed estates, individual landowners, farmers, housebuilders and other commercial organisations as well as private home owners. We have brought value to many of our clients’ proposals, whatever the scale or nature, by improving the prospect of achieving planning success. Projects can be as diverse as the promotion of a strategic site for housing through the Local Development Plan allocation process, identification of planning potential of unallocated farmland for the diversification of a rural business or for the renovation or extension of farm steadings and individual homes. We pride ourselves in our commercial approach and understanding of increasing pressures on farming and rural communities looking to secure a viable future in the face of challenges being presented by the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Land Reforms.




Gillespie Macandrew LLP is a leading Scottish law firm with a strong reputation for providing our clients with exceptional legal, property and tax advice and services. Working alongside clients in every sphere of life: personal, family and business, we can offer all the specialist expertise you need to build, protect and ultimately pass on your personal and business interests. We also support businesses and charities throughout their day to day running offering advice as they develop and grow the business, and on how they can protect the organisation for the future. Gillespie Macandrew enjoys a reputation as a pre-eminent private client, commercial and residential property law firm in Scotland. In addition, we are recognised for our expertise across the corporate, rural, energy and charity sectors, together with employment and debt recovery and insolvency. Our clients value our service and professionalism. Among them is a range of leading individuals, corporates, charities and landowners. We represent around a million acres of industrial, rural and development land in Scotland. In a profession not always renowned for its human touch, we strive to be an exception. 




Aldi’s stores in Scotland stock some of the finest and best value locally sourced food and drink. Aldi’s Scottish sourcing commitment means that picking up a bargain and supporting local producers is easier than ever. Aldi is proud to stock more than 300 Scottish products, work with over 60 independent food and drink businesses and boast a product range which is at least 30% Scottish. Over the next 12 months Aldi will open eight new stores, bringing the total number of Scottish locations to 72.


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At Stirling Management School we believe that management matters. Management is a process involved in all forms of human activity; from an individual managing their own time, to a large corporation managing their finances. Our philosophy, that effective management can make a positive difference, means we get to the heart of what is involved in the management and organisation of a diverse range of activities.

The School is distinctive amongst management and business schools in the way our scholarly activities focus on people, planet and profit. The principle of responsible business, policy and practice lies at the heart of everything we do. Our research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities create significant and lasting impact on people’s everyday lives, through our involvement with, and influence on, large and small businesses, public policy, and local and global communities. This is evidenced by our position as 14th in the UK Business School rankings for research impact and our receipt of the Small Business Charter Bronze Award in recognition of our active support for local economic growth.

Our students are provided with opportunities to develop leadership and problem solving skills, vital for effective and resilient professionals. We proudly take our position in the top 2% of business schools worldwide to hold the prestigious AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation, along with professional accreditation across a number of our taught programmes, including Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Chartered Institute of Banking, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) partner status, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).








Not all four-wheel drive cars are equal and one manufacturer that stands apart is Subaru, the symmetrical All-Wheel Drive specialists who strive to provide driving enjoyment and peace of mind in all their cars.

All Subaru cars come equipped with Symmetrical-All Wheel Drive (with the exception of the BRZ sports coupe) and are paired to Subaru Boxer engines, which are having their 50th anniversary this year. This combination provides excellent control and grip in all situations from a snowy mountain side to a rain-sodden Scottish B road.

The Subaru range consists of the British Touring Car Championship challenging Levorg sports tourer, which is the newest addition to the stable, followed by the Impreza hatchback, XV crossover, the rugged best-selling Forester SUV and Outback which fuses SUV capability with estate space.

The brand’s Motorsport heritage hasn’t been forgotten, with the 300PS WRX STI as the performance flagship and the BRZ sports coupe carrying on the sporting hallmarks of Subaru.